Proverbs – 31 Day Challenge – Day 17

Posted: January 17, 2015 in Proverbs 31 Day Challenge
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Open Bible with PenProverbs 17 –Holman Christian Standard Bible

“… I am sure that on the day I stand before God he’ll rebuke me for that – for not “honoring” my father, this is something I struggle with.”

1 Better a dry crust with peace
than a house full of feasting with strife.

A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son
and share an inheritance among brothers.

A crucible for silver, and a smelter for gold,
and the Lord is the tester of hearts.

A wicked person listens to malicious talk;[a]
a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

The one who mocks the poor insults his Maker,
and one who rejoices over calamity
will not go unpunished.

Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly,
and the pride of sons is their fathers.

Eloquent words are not appropriate on a fool’s lips;
how much worse are lies for a ruler.

A bribe seems like a magic stone to its owner;
wherever he turns, he succeeds.

Whoever conceals an offense promotes love,
but whoever gossips about it separates friends.

10 A rebuke cuts into a perceptive person
more than a hundred lashes into a fool.

11 An evil man seeks only rebellion;
a cruel messenger[b] will be sent against him.

12 Better for a man to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
than a fool in his foolishness.

13 If anyone returns evil for good,
evil will never depart from his house.

14 To start a conflict is to release a flood;
stop the dispute before it breaks out.

15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the just—
both are detestable to the Lord.

16 Why does a fool have money in his hand
with no intention of buying wisdom?

17 A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for a difficult time.

18 One without sense enters an agreement[c]
and puts up security for his friend.

19 One who loves to offend loves strife;
one who builds a high threshold invites injury.

20 One with a twisted mind will not succeed,
and one with deceitful speech will fall into ruin.

21 A man fathers a fool to his own sorrow;
the father of a fool has no joy.

22 A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a broken spirit dries up the bones.

23 A wicked man secretly takes a bribe
to subvert the course of justice.

24 Wisdom is the focus of the perceptive,
but a fool’s eyes roam to the ends of the earth.

25 A foolish son is grief to his father
and bitterness to the one who bore him.

26 It is certainly not good to fine an innocent person
or to beat a noble for his honesty.[d]

27 The intelligent person restrains his words,
and one who keeps a cool head[e]
is a man of understanding.

28 Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent,
discerning when he seals his lips.

Footnotes:
  1. Proverbs 17:4 Lit to lips of iniquity
  2. Proverbs 17:11 Or a merciless angel
  3. Proverbs 17:18 Lit sense shakes hands
  4. Proverbs 17:26 Or noble unfairly
  5. Proverbs 17:27 Lit spirit

My Thoughts

31 days will not be enough to harness all the wisdom in these proverbs. I am struck every day by all the applications I find to almost every situation in my life. There are at least five in this proverb alone one of my faves being verse 28, “Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent…”.

Oh how often am I the fool.

The other verses that impact me here are the ones about fathers and brothers. I am not “close” with my father. He’s involved in my life but at an arms length – my call not his. I am sure that on the day I stand before God he’ll rebuke me for that – for not “honoring” my father, this is something I struggle with.

My parents split up when was maybe 10 – or 11. I know I was in sixth grade – I remember the school I started the year at and boy do I remember finishing 6th grade. Imagine everything you’ve ever seen about being the “new kid” and that was me. My mother and I moved across the Bay and saw my dad every other weekend until I was old enough to drive then it was even less.

But that is not what this post is about.

Growing up, the biggest make influences I had in my life were my friends, who in many ways were my brothers. I don’t have any “blood” brothers and my sister is well, my sister. Lover her dearly but she’s not a brother.

For years I have battled with the separation I have instituted between myself and those, now men, that I still consider my brothers. I no longer go to them for advice or counsel – I have had to make a break there as their wisdom unfortunately come from the world – and I need scriptural guidance in my life.

But put us in the same room? The ice melts and the stories start and in no time were all in our late teens – for awhile.

I often miss those time and those men and the uncertainty of their salvation makes me most sad.

It’s been slow but I am working on new relationships – men that look at the world through the same prism I use – God’s word. We don’t always agree but that’s OK. I value their insight and input in my life.

 SO, did anything stand out that boldly for you? IF it did I wold love for you to share.
Comments
  1. flowerman54 says:

    17 A friend loves at all times,
    and a brother is born for a difficult time.
    One of my favorites !!!
    Thanks for your friendship and faithfulness!!!

  2. Rachel says:

    I really feel for that 6th grade boy, and the pain written between the lines. There’s no way to fix it, but God can redeem your broken/arm’s length relationship with your father.

    What really struck me is 17:3 “A crucible for silver, and a smelter for gold, and the Lord is the tester of hearts.” That has been my last 16 months. I’ve prayed for God to pull things out of me, and in his great mercy, He has, though it has been painful.

    • mickholt says:

      Thanks Rachel, 6th grade was a tough and I have been praying about the situation with my father – appreciate the encouragement.
      3 is good, I spent some time on that one too. Thinking about your comment that God had “to pull things out of me” I thought of getting a thorn or something in your hand or worse – for me anyway – your foot and how painful it is to pull out but the relief afterwards.

      Hang in there 16 months is a long time but in a few years you’ll look back and it will only be a blip – God will not leave you unfinished.
      Hey, thanks for commenting – stop by any time!

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